Ghostbusters celebrated its 30th anniversary of release this year, specifically back on June 8. Today, however, has been declared National Ghostbusters Day in honor of the film’s impending 4K re-release which kicks off in select theaters tomorrow. So while your feed is being filled with Ghostbusters quotes, we decided to join in the fun by gathering up some fun factoids you might not know about one of the best comedies of all time.
1) The movie is notoriously filled with ad libs, including a good portion of what came out of Murray’s mouth as Peter Venkman. A few specific examples include the “Twinkie scene”; Dana comparing Venkman to a game show host (the original line was a used-car salesman); and almost all of the dialogue at Louis’ apartment party. Also, when Venkman mentions Egon’s earlier attempt to drill a hole in his own head, Harold Ramis ad-libbed the line, “That would have worked if you hadn’t stopped me.”
2) It’s hard to imagine the four Ghostbusters being played by anybody other than Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson, but the original script was written for Aykroyd, John Belushi as Venkman, and Eddie Murphy as Winston. Once Belushi died, other potential Venkmans included Chevy Chase and Michael Keaton (who also turned down the role of Egon).
3) Murphy turned down the Ghostbusters role so he could do Beverly Hills Cop. Had he signed on as Winston, the character would have played a much larger role, and it would have been Winston, rather than Venkman, who got slimed at the Sedgewick Hotel.
4) Christopher Walken, John Lithgow, Christopher Lloyd, and Jeff Goldblum were all considered for the role of Egon before Ramis, who was originally just co-writing the movie, decided to play it himself.
5) John Candy was originally cast as Louis Tully, but left over creative differences. Among other things, he wanted the character to have a German accent and a pair of dogs. After he bailed, the role then went to Rick Moranis.